Musical Personalities

Daniel Glass, Course II:

Musical Personalities:
Key Figures Who Shaped Music and the World

Some of the legendary artists covered in this course.
How many can you name?

New York/New Jersey home school students!

Have a blast learning about American History and Pop Music with a master musician, author and educator.


Musical Personalities – Course Description

NOTE: It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that students take Daniel’s course  American Music and History (1865-1980) as a pre-requisite before signing up for Musical Personalities. More details here.

Musical Personalities spans a full academic year and is broken into two halves (Fall and Spring semesters). Each semester is comprised of 8 2-hr sessions, totaling 16 hours of instruction (32 hrs for the entire year). Students may enroll in either semester individually or can complete both parts as a series.

Led by noted jazz musician, author and educator Daniel Glass, Musical Personalities picks up where American Music and History (1865-1980) leaves off, providing an insightful and in-depth look at some of the most important musical voices of the past 100+ years. Each session (2 hours) focuses on the career and influence of a particular artist. The roster covers pioneering figures in the most important musical styles of the 20th Century, including jazz, big band swing, bebop, folk, Great American songbook, rhythm and blues, rock’n’roll, soul, funk, punk, new wave and hip hop. The course will share a biographical overview of each artist’s life, and show how their  music impacted and was impacted by important historical, economic and sociological events of the time.

Each lecture incorporates video footage, photographs and graphics, as well as lively group discussions. The entire course is designed to fully engage students, and help them understand their world in a much broader context.

Optional writing assignments complement each session.

Semester 1 (Fall)

Week 1: Louis Armstrong

Week 2: Duke Ellington

Week 3: Frank Sinatra

Week 4: Elvis Presley

Week 5: Pete Seeger

Week 6: Miles Davis

Week 7: Ella Fitzgerald

Week 8: Judy Garland

Praise for Daniel from parents and students …

Daniel … you have our heartfelt gratitude
for getting Isabelle excited about history again!
Angie P. (parent)


Daniel Glass is a walking encyclopedia of musical and historical knowledge. He makes history class interesting and easily relatable through his analysis of the music of each period. This guy is the best and I can’t wait for his next class!
Bryce Edwards (student)


Course Details: Fall, 2019

Cost: $330 for 8 2-hr. sessions (includes $30 contribution toward room rental).

Location: Epic Security Building, 2067 Broadway, New York, NY 10023 (West side of Broadway between 71st and 72nd St.). 5th Floor – “Carmen” Room.

Ages: 13 and up (with some exceptions made for mature 12 year olds)

Class Size: Minimum of 6. Maximum of 12

Time: Wednesdays, 1:00 – 3:00pm

2019 Fall Semester Dates – Wednesdays, 1-3 pm
– September: 18, 25
– October: 2, 16, 23, 30
– November: 6, 13

Semester 2 (Spring)

Week 1: Ray Charles

Week 2: Bob Dylan

Week 3: Barbra Streisand

Week 4: Stevie Wonder

Week 5: The Beatles

Week 6: Paul Simon

Week 7: David Bowie

Week 8: Madonna



Wanna know more about Daniel’s “unique and inclusive” teaching style? Check out the following videos …


Trailer from Daniel’s latest educational DVD:
From Ragtime to Rock:
An Introduction to 100 Years of American Popular Music

Here’s Daniel playing a cool

About Daniel Glass

Daniel Glass is an award-winning drummer, author, historian and educator. He is widely recognized as an authority on traditional American music styles. As a professional musician, Daniel has been a member of internationally acclaimed “retro-swing” band Royal Crown Revue for more than 20 years. He has also recorded and performed with many top artists, including Brian Setzer, Bette Midler, Liza Minnelli and KISS front man Gene Simmons. Since 2010, Daniel has been the Monday night house drummer at New York’s legendary Birdland Jazz Club.

Daniel has published six books, 3 DVDs and dozens of articles dedicated to sharing the amazing story of our American musical heritage. His DVD “From Ragtime to Rock: An Introduction to 100 Years of American Popular Music” is a part of the music curriculum in dozens of Middle and High schools across the country.

Since 2003, Daniel has presented more than 300 clinics, master classes and seminars at various institutions, festivals and conferences worldwide. His goal? To show musicians and music lovers here in the 21st Century just how much they have in common with the past.

– You can learn more about Daniel at


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